The gown from your special day has meaning that you treasure, so you may want to preserve it for the future or keep it maintained as an heirloom that you can give to your children.
However, you can’t just hang your dress in the back of the closet and expect it to maintain it’s beauty over the years.
So, with wedding season in full swing, our experts at McMahan Cleaners in Denver want to pass along a few tips for preserving your wedding dress.
#1 Clean It Before Your Special Day
If you’re wearing a wedding dress that’s already an heirloom or if you have chosen a second-hand gown, you may need to have your dress dry cleaned in advance of your wedding day. Look for a place that specifically offers wedding dress cleaning, such as McMahan Cleaners in Denver.
When dropping it off, take a moment to look over your dress with your cleaner and identify areas that might need special attention. Look for yellowing or discoloration, needed alterations, or special trim pieces that may not withstand the cleaning process. Wet cleaning may even be the best option.
#2 Clean It After Your Wedding
We recommend having your gown cleaned again as quickly as possible after your wedding, particularly if you plan on preserving your wedding dress. It may have both visible and invisible stains from body oils, beverages, and food.
Try to spot as many of these stains as possible prior to cleaning. This will help you achieve the best possible result. Some of your decorative trim may need to be removed, then reattached, to help keep it in pristine condition. It is best to follow your cleaner’s recommendations.
#3 Box Up Your Dress Properly
Unfortunately, there is not yet any process for preserving your wedding dress that will 100% guarantee against yellowing or fabric deterioration. As cleaners, we try our best to avoid it, but with some dresses, it may be inevitable.
There are additional steps that can be taken to do the best job possible in protecting your gown.
If your dress is packed in a special storage box, it will be protected against contamination. Storing your gown in your closet or even in a regular box allows for air, dust, and other possible contaminants to potentially cause long term age and potential ruin.
Having it stored in a box designed for this type of storage will help protect it. Additionally, the bodice should be stuffed with white tissue paper to prevent wrinkles. Colored tissue paper, of any kind, can transfer to the dress and cause permanent discoloration, so stick with white.
#4 Hang Up Your Wedding Dress
If you choose to store your dress on a hanger, our alterations experts can sew straps in at the waist to help distribute the pressure from your gown’s shoulders.
Also, wrap the dress in a white sheet or muslin to provide a protective layer. Do not store your dress with any accessories: veils, shoes, headpieces, etc. All pieces should be stored separately to allow each piece to continue to look its best.
If you need further help preserving your wedding dress, come see our experts at McMahan Cleaners in Denver and we will get your dress prepared to look fabulous for years to come.